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April 15, 1947- Dec. 31, 2018 HOUSTON Theodore Judson "Ted" Duncan III, of Houston, TX, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Dec. 31, 2018. He held onto his unwavering positivity until the end. He was 71. Ted is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Sharon Gray Duncan; his daughter, Sarah Duncan Thweatt and her husband Lee and his grandsons, Jacob, Henry, and John, of Houston, TX; his son, Theodore Judson Duncan IV and his wife Anne, and his three granddaughters, Martha, Sarah, and Ruby, of St. Louis, MO; and his son, Michael Gray Duncan, of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his sister, Sue Duncan Stibbe, her husband Manfred, and his nephews, Paul and Mark, of Lakewood, WA. Ted was born April 15, 1947, in Oklahoma City to Theodore Judson "Jack" Duncan Jr. and Ruby Merritt Duncan. He graduated Northeast High School in 1965 and went on to Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he met Sharon, a student at Mary Baldwin College. He completed his Bachelor of Science in commerce in 1969, and was an active member of Sigma Chi fraternity. During college, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served for six years, including two years on active duty as a storekeeper in the Atlantic Fleet. After completing his active duty, Ted returned to Oklahoma City, where he began his first career working for Harper Oil Company, which he enjoyed enormously. Ted changed careers in the mid-1980s and joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor, where he worked until his retirement in 2006. Ted and Sharon moved to Denver Colorado's front range shortly after Ted's retirement, where they enjoyed the high desert climate and the scenic views. In 2018, they decided to move closer to family, and relocated to Houston, TX. Ted was an active member in the Oklahoma City community. He served on the council of First Lutheran Church, and was an involved member of the Prairie Fly Fishers Club. He served on the Integris Mental Health Board of Directors, and was an elected Board Member of the Oakdale Independent School District for twenty-two years. Ted was a devoted family man, spending many a baseball, softball or basketball season either coaching from the sidelines or cheering from the stands. He was an active dad with the Boy Scouts and spent weekends exploring campgrounds of Oklahoma with his sons. He enjoyed golf and spent many Sunday afternoons at Twin Hills Country Club. His favorite pastime was his annual family vacation to Creede, CO. There he taught his children and grandchildren where to find the secret fishing holes, how to properly cast a fly rod, and how to tie a rapala on a line. He loved fly-fishing and the Rio Grande river. Services will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, TX on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Life is Good Kids Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Democratic National Committee.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 6, 2019
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